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A Greater Yellowstone Kayaking Adventure

Program Number: 21149RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/25/2013 - 8/30/2013; 8/16/2015 - 8/21/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/28/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/11/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Price starting at: $1,349.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports; National Parks; Outdoor Adventures, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover an unmatched landscape and a vibrant ecosystem while kayaking in the Greater Yellowstone region. Led by highly qualified kayak instructors, paddle for four days on the flat lake waters of Slide and Yellowstone Lakes and the moving waters of the Snake River, with optional whitewater kayaking for the more adventurous.




Highlights

Enjoy all the outdoors has to offer while kayaking the tranquil waters of Slide Lake and the clear flowing waters of the Snake River.
The spectacular Greater Yellowstone region comes alive while kayaking Yellowstone Lake and experiencing the thermal features and historic architecture at Old Faithful.
Certified by the American Canoe Association to teach on flat, moving and whitewater, guides maintain a low 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio.



Activity Particulars

Kayaking 4-6 hours, from flat water up to Class III whitewater (optional); distances depend on skill level of participants. Elevations up to 7,795 feet.



Enjoy three free evenings to enjoy local activities and events.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




Jackson (Wyoming)

Jackson is a major gateway for visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as a world-class ski resort. Located in Jackson Hole Valley, near the Idaho state line, the town has a strong western character and is surrounded by scenic beauty. Big game such as elk, moose and bison are a common sight beyond the town limits.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel in Jackson, Wyo.
Meals and Lodgings
   49er Inn and Suites
  Jackson, WY 5 nights
 49er Inn and Suites
Type: Motel
  Description: The 49er is centrally located downtown, on Jackson's Town Square. A short walk through the elk antler arch are galleries, shopping, unique western boutiques and fine dining.
  Contact info: 330 West Pearl
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-7550
web: www.townsquareinns.com
  Room amenities: Coffee maker, iron/ironing board, wireless internet
  Facility amenities: Deluxe continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and fitness room.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $134-$145 Call for reservations (307)733-7550. Ask for Road Scholar rates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $134-$145 Call for reservations (307)733-7550. Ask for Road Scholar rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4-5 pm check in at the hotel. You will be staying at 49er Inn and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures after breakfast You will be staying at 49er Inn and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please bring a Golden Age, Senior or National Parks pass if you have one.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the hotel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jackson, WY
  Nearest city or town:  Idaho Falls, ID
  Nearest highway: US Hwy 191
  Nearest airport:  Jackson, WY
  From End of Program
  Location: Jackson, WY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jackson, WY

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
All Tran
phone: 307-733-1700
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $15.00; call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes. 

 

Distance:

 

7 miles

   

Call All Tran at least two days in advance to book a seat on the shuttle.

 

Jackson, WY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
All Tran
phone: 307-733-1700
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $15.00; Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

7 miles

   

Call All Tran at least two days in advance to book a seat on the shuttle.

 
Driving Directions
  Butte Drive south 154 miles on I-15 to Idaho Falls. See below:
  Idaho Falls Travel north then west 50 miles on HWY 26 to Swan Valley. Turn onto HWY 31 to Victor (21 miles). Travel southeast on HWY 33/22 18 miles to Jackson.
Elevation Note: Elevation ranges from 6,500 ft in Jackson, WY to 7,500 ft at Yellowstone Lake.

Equipment Requirements: Kayak school will provide specific kayaking equipment needed. Will need bathing suit, towel, brimmed hat for sun protection, warm hat for possible chilly temperatures, a raincoat/windbreaker in case of rain, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, long underwear made with wicking material.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to the Greater Yellowstone Kayaking Adventures
(Sunday, August 25)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at hotel in Jackson; check-in between 4 and 5 pm. Following your arrival attend a "Meet and Greet" party on the deck of Rendezvous River Sports. 6-7 pm appetizers and refreshments will be served. This will offer the opportunity to meet your group and also the Jackson Hole Kayak School instructors for the week, while getting a preview if the weeks adventures and an introduction to the boats and gear that will be used. Jackson Hole Kayak School has a huge fleet of 2013 kayaks from Wilderness Systems, Legacy, Perception, Hyside, Dagger and Jackson as well as the finest paddles and gear from Werner, Kokatat, Astral and more. Touring kayaks are stable and have very comfortable seats and outfitting. You may choose tandem kayaks and will have the opportunity to try different boats as the week progresses.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Remainder of the evening free
   
Accommodations: 49er Inn and Suites

Day 2: Gear up for a kayaking adventure on the scenic Slide Lake, formed in 1925 by a massive earthquake.
(Monday, August 26)

Note: 4:1 instructor to participant ratio enables the program to accommodate all skill levels. Travel through the National Parks will be in vans provided by the kayak school. Come prepared to savor and appreciate your time traveling, as this is part of the discovery. Every moment offers splendid views and unexpected encounters as you explore fragments of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem's 28,000 square miles.



   
 Breakfast: Deluxe Complimentary breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Back to Rendezvous River Sports to gear up for a kayaking adventure on the scenic Slide Lake. The morning drive will take you past the National Elk Refuge, into Grand Teton National Park and up the Gros Ventre River. Look for bison and moose along the way and of course, the spectacular views of the Teton and Gros Ventre Ranges. Slide Lake was formed in 1925 by the cataclysmic collapse of the north slope of Sheep Mountain. The slide path and debris are still clearly visible along the Gros Ventre River to the natural dam that created the lake. Once at the water, your instructor will double check the fit of your kayak to make sure you are comfortable for the days paddle. Individualized instruction on water safety and basic paddle strokes will begin. For those with paddling experience the focus will be on refining technique and possibly some advanced skills. Views of surrounding forest, the red rock of the Gros Ventre Range and the peaks of the Tetons will compete for your attention as you cicumnavigate Slide Lake. As you paddle the lake the the instructors will offer interpretation of natural history and some of the truly unique geological features of this impressive backdrop. Kayakers of all levels will appreciate the personalized instruction and being immersed in the natural world that surrounds them.
 Lunch: Deli lunches at Slide Lake
 Afternoon: Continued paddling on Slide Lake while allowing time to stop and enjoy some of the sights of both the Gros Ventre Mountains and Grad Teton National Park on the return to Jackson.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy beautiful Jackson, WY.
   
Accommodations: 49er Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Continue flat water kayaking on Yellowstone Lake while traveling through both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to the lake.
(Tuesday, August 27)

Note: 4:1 instructor to participant ratio enables the program to accommodate all skill levels. Travel through the National Parks will be in vans provided by the kayak school. Come prepared to savor and appreciate your time traveling, as this is part of the discovery. Every moment offers splendid views and unexpected encounters as you explore fragments of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem's 28,000 square miles.



   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: The day will begin early with a 7 am departure as the group will travel 75 miles through Grand Teton National Park following the entire length of the Teton Range into Yellowstone - the World's first National Park - and then over the Continental Divide to Yellowstone Lake. Paddling instruction and kayaking fun will continue as paddlers enjoy honing their kayaking skills on the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in North America. Instructors will guide the paddlers along the west shore to the West Thumb Geyser Basin. This fairly sheltered portion of the lake allows for views of the Absaroka Range and some of Yellowstone's unique thermal features.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on one of the many beaches in the area while the instructors give a presentation about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and some of the challenges facing Yellowstone Lake and the Greater Yellowstone area.
 Afternoon: After a short paddle back participants will load the van and drive 16 miles northwest to enjoy on the Yellowstone's most unique sites - Old Faithful. Take time to explore the wonders of the Upper Geyser Basin, see a geyser erupt or relax in the grand lobby of the historic Old Faithful Inn - one of the largest log structures in the World.
 Dinner: On the way back to Jackson the group will stop at Signal Mountain Leek's Marina & Pizzeria to enjoy the best New York style pizza. Take time to sit on the deck overlooking beautiful Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.
 Evening: Return to Jackson
   
Accommodations: 49er Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kayak the moving water of the Snake River against the breathtaking backdrop of the Grand Teton mountain range.
(Wednesday, August 28)

Note: 4:1 instructor to participant ratio enables the program to accommodate all skill levels



   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A short drive from town will bring you to the Wild & Scenic Snake River. The Snake River and its tributaries in Jackson Hole were recognized as Wild & Scenic by congress in 2009 and 400 miles of rivers and streams in Teton County now have the highest level of federal protection. This local stewardship effort - led in part by Rendezvous River Sports team - recognizes the outstanding and remarkable values of the waterways of Jackson Hole. The deep and forgiving waters of the Snake River are ideal for learning to paddle on rivers. For today, paddlers will switch to super stable inflatable kayaks (there will be hard shell river kayaks available for those with experience). Both wet suits or dry suits will be available to keep everyone warm and comfortable. Once on the river adventurers will learn the basics of river features, river safety, and how to adapt the strokes you learned to a moving water setting. The group will paddle 9-12 miles of Class II on the Snake.
 Lunch: Sack lunches along the river.
 Afternoon: Participants will continue honing their kayak skills as they paddle the river amidst the magnificent expanse of unspoiled nature. Natural history interpretation by kayak guides will enrich the afternoon discoveries.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy all the night life that Jackson has to offer.
   
Accommodations: 49er Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: All participants will continue paddling the river: optional whitewater kayaking.
(Thursday, August 29)

Note: 4:1 instructor to participant ratio enables the program to accommodate all skill levels



   
 Breakfast: Deluxe Continental Breakfast
 Morning: The Snake River will again provide the venue for the days kayaking adventure. Everyone will have the choice of either paddling another beautiful section of scenic Class II moving water or those who are feeling more adventuresome and comfortable with their skills will have the opportunity to try whitewater kayaking. Regardless of your choice it will be a great day on the river. The scenic option begins near Wilson, WY and travels through 12 miles of braids with views of the Tetons, Snake River and Gros Ventre Ranges. This stretch has bountiful birding and wildlife. Bald eagles, osprey, pelicans, and blue herons are seen regularly, as well as sightings of moose, elk, deer, beaver and river otters. The whitewater option will take adventurous paddlers along the Alpine Canyon stretch of the Snake, which is World famous for its super fun, yet fairly forgiving rapids. This experience will offer the challenge of paddling through Double Draw, Hair Cut Rock, Cut Banks, Blind Canyon, Big Kahuna, Lunch Counter, Rope, Champagne, and Cottonwood.
 Lunch: Regardless of which option is chosen, all will enjoy a well earned riverside lunch along the way.
 Afternoon: Individual skill levels will be accommodated on both scenic or whitewater options as guides continue to direct the kayakers on their last day of adventure on the glorious river. Congratulations everyone!
 Dinner: Closing dinner and good-byes at local restaurant
 Evening: Last evening to enjoy beautiful Jackson, WY
   
Accommodations: 49er Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Independent departures after breakfast
(Friday, August 30)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe Continental Breakfast
 Morning: Independent departures
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jackson, WY Alpine Slide
Snow King Resort, three blocks from the Town Square, offers the Alpine Slide, winding down 2,500 feet through the woods and wildflowers of Snow King Mountain. Ride the double chairlift to the top of Snow King Mountain; control your own speed; no special skills require. For additional information, visit www.jacksonholewy.com/s-activities-alpine-slide.php
  Center for the Arts
The Center for the Arts provides a permanent home for local arts organizations, educational activities and other community gatherings in Jackson Hole arts, dance, film, writers, symphony and theatre at 240 South Glenwood. Tel: (307) 733-8956. For additional information, visit www.jhcenterforthearts.org
  Cowboy Up Hang Gliding
Cowboy Up Hang Gliding, LLC, is certified through the U.S. Hang Gliding Association with USHGA certified Advanced Instructors and Advanced Tandem Instructors with over 34 years of Hang Gliding Experience who love teaching people how to fly. Professional instruction from beginner to advanced. Tel: (307) 344-4164. For additional information, visit www.cuhanggliding.com
  Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
A scenic ride up Rendezvous Mountain to an elevation of 10,450. Expect fun, goose bumps and spectacular views of Jackson Hole and surrounding mountain ranges. Bring a jacket. Tel: (888) 838-6606. For additional information, visit www.jacksonholewy.com/s-activities-aerial-tram.php
  Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
Provides general information about the Jackson and Jackson Hole area. Jackson, a unique western-style community offers specialty shopping, art galleries, after-dinner "cowboy shoot-out" and numerous restaurants For additional information, visit www.jacksonholechamber.com/
  Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is committed to preserving the history of Jackson and the valley known as Jackson Hole. Exhibits, library of Western Americana, archival resources and publications reflect Yellowstone and Teton National Parks' influence in the economic and physical development of Jackson Hole. Resources include over 7,000 historic photographs from the Jackson Hole and Teton National Park areas. The museum is located one block from the historic Town Square at 105 North Glenwood. (307) 733-2414. For additional information, visit www.jacksonholehistory.org
  Jackson Hole Playhouse
Live dinner theatre is offered one block west of the Town Square at the Jackson Hole Playhouse, which is lodged in the oldest framed building in Jackson — built in 1916. 135 West Deloney. Tel: (307) 733-6944. For additional information, visit www.jhplayhouse.com
  Jackson National Fish Hatchery
Established in 1950 as part of the Palisades Dam Act, the hatchery today focuses on producing eggs and fish to cover fish losses on Federal water projects and for states, tribes and research facilities. It is located on the Fish & Wildlife Service's National Elk Refuge and is part of their National Broodstock Program. For additional information, visit www.fws.gov/jackson/
  National Museum of Wildlife Art
Housing an internationally acclaimed collection of sculpture, paintings and photography -all devoted to wildlife- the museum includes permanent and changing exhibits, Children's Discovery Gallery, library, museum shop and the Rising Sage Cafe. For additional information, visit www.wildlifeart.org/Frame_HomePage.cfm
  Off Square Theatre
A vibrant center for intimate professional theatre located — one block off the Town Square at the Mainstage Theatre, 50 West Broadway. Tel: (307) 733 3021. For additional information, visit www.offsquare.org
  Restaurant Listings
A selection of restaurants available in Jackson Hole. For additional information, visit www.jacksonholechamber.com/dining_food/restaurants.php
  Shopping
Chamber of Commerce's list of local merchants. For additional information, visit www.jacksonholechamber.com/retailers/antiques.php
  Snow King Mountain
Snow King Resort, three blocks from the Town Square, offers the Alpine Slide, winding down 2500 feet through the woods and wildflowers of Snow King Mountain. Ride the double chairlift to the top of Snow King Mountain; control your own speed; no special skills required. Tel: (888) 838-6606. For additional information, visit www.jacksonholewy.com/s-activities-alpine-slide.php
  Taxi Service Information
Taxi transportation is available at Flying T Taxi. A 24-hour transportation company offering taxi service anywhere, shuttle service to trailheads, rivers, wilderness areas and park tours. 128 E. Hansen. Tel: (307) 690-4141. For additional information, visit www.flyingttaxi.com
  Teton Mountain Bike Tours
A half-day bike tour for any ability level. Tel: (800) 733-0788. For additional information, visit www.tetonmtbike.com/tours.htm
  Under the Willow Photography Gallery
Under the Willow Photo Gallery offers a generous variety of scenic and wildlife photography and more. Located at 50 South Cache — one block off the Town Square. Tel: (307) 733-6633. For additional information, visit www.underthewillow.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


For Everything There Is A Season: The Sequence of Natural Events In The Grand Teton- Yellowstone Area.


Author: Frank C. Craighead


Description: Dr. Craighead describes and illustrates the hidden patterns he sees in the natural world. For naturalists, this book is a remarkable chronicle of the interrelationships between all living things. For anyone interested in the Teton-Yellowstone area and the entire Northern Rockies, this book opens the door to greater understanding of the natural cycles of one of America's last wild places.



Rising from the Plains


Author: John McPhee


Description: Few nature writers are as vivid or compelling as John McPhee. A great storyteller and reporter, here he profiles U.S. Geological Survey scientist Davis Love while simultaneously writing a sophisticated, elegant and accessible description of the geology of Wyoming and, by extension, the northern Rockies. The personal history of David Love and his family is interwoven with Wyoming’s geologic past. Appreciate pioneer history and the hidden wonders that fill a magnificent land. (Also available on Audio Cassette Books on Tape; ISBN: 5553662311)



Watching Yellowstone and Teton Wildlife: The Best Places to Look From Roads and Trails


Author: Todd Wilkinson and Michael L. Francis


Description: Pack this guidebook, along with your binoculars and enthusiasm, when visiting both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The authors identify numerous viewing areas for optimum wildlife watching and have included maps, color photographs, samples of animal tracks, driving tours, hikes and animal descriptions including behavioral information.



Creation of the Teton Landscape: A Geological Chronicle of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range


Author: David Love, John Reed and Kenneth Pierce


Description: Text illustrated with photographs, maps, charts, tables. Three geologists, all with personal and professional ties to the area, describe and illustrate the processes that created the incredible landscape of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range. Find out about earth shaping geologic processes - fire, ice and shifting tectonic plates. Intriguing table of contents highlights include Teton Views (astronaut, pilot, motorist, hiker), the Restless Land, Stories the Earth Tells, After the Ice Ages, the Present and the Future.



Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks


Author: Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel


Description: Find out about the forces that shaped and continue to shape the Greater Yellowstone-Teton region. Illustrations and driving tours of both parks help visitors enjoy and understand the Earth's creative forces in this wondrous region.



Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition


Author: Marlene Deahl Merril, editor


Description: Daily record of Ferdinand Hayden's historic 1871 scientific expedition to the Yellowstone basin. This expedition's findings influenced Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world's first national park. The expedition made many scientific discoveries as well as producing the earliest on-site images of Yellowstone by photographer, William Henry Jackson, and guest artist, Thomas Moran.



The Sibley Guide to Birds


Author: David Allen Sibley


Description: Sibley, a talented painter, offers this wonderful, data-packed color guide with range maps and detailed descriptions of songs and calls. This book is perfect for field trips with short walks and may be too heavy for some to take to the field in which case it can await back in the car.



Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness


Author: Paul Schullery


Description: Eloquent, elegant, truthful and practical - an environmental history of America's best idea, Yellowstone.



Paddling Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks


Author: Don Nelson.


Description: Here, for the first time, canoeists and kayakers can find helpful itineraries for exploring the large lakes of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Information includes park regulations, permits required, location of campsites, how to prepare for day or overnight trips and proper safety.





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